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Local Editorials

Targeting bad cops: Lessen union power

People like Derek Chauvin need to be kept out of law enforcement. When they manage to elude safeguards, they need to be identified and booted out of the profession. And when law enforcement brutality does occur, it must be punished swiftly and severely. Chauvin, of course, is the ...

More transparency needed in aid payouts

American taxpayers should not be handing out hundreds of billions of dollars in aid to businesses without having at least some idea of where our money is going. That seems obvious. However, demanding such transparency puts the U.S. Treasury Department — and some of the businesses being ...

Only Congress has power to target relief

Millions of Americans remain unemployed as the nation struggles to get an economy stalled by COVID-19 back in gear. Some success has been seen: the U.S. unemployment rate is now 13.3%, much better than the 14.7% a month prior. Still, we have a long way to go. Prior to the coronavirus ...

Auction block stone can educate generations

No one knows with certainty how many human beings — men, women and children — were forced to stand on the 800-pound stone that remained planted in the ground on a street corner in Fredericksburg, Virginia, for 176 years. What we do know is that each and every one of them was treated like an ...

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Making the right choice Everyone is disappointed, we are sure, that the Martin County Fair board of directors has decided to cancel the fair for 2020. The fair is always eagerly anticipated and always a great time, given everything it offers and given the chance to mingle with old friends and ...

Now, especially, make effort to be blood donor

The American Red Cross, which supplies blood to hospitals throughout Minnesota, has been facing a double whammy the past few months due to the COVID-19 virus. The social distancing restrictions have impacted the number of blood collection drives that can be held, and have limited the number of ...

Legislature needs to make sensible choices

The Minnesota Legislature, unable as always, it seems, to complete its work during its regular session, will convene Friday to try to get the job done. Gov. Tim Walz announced Wednesday that he is calling a special session to handle an assortment of items, including police reform, assisting ...

Economic challenge looms across country

As the United States began the process of “reopening,” there was encouraging news on the economic front. About two weeks ago, nearly 25 million Americans were receiving unemployment benefits, the Labor Department reported. By Thursday, the number had decreased to about 21.5 million. We ...

‘Defunding’ police does not make sense

Calls for massive “defunding” of law enforcement are simply insane. When political correctness addles our brains to the point we fail to recognize the critical need we have for the “thin blue line” to safeguard us from crime, we Americans will be in real, imminent danger. Yet some ...

Deliberate assaults hurt all U.S. citizens

In the past, journalists in the United States have been able to safely perform their work, as domestic acts of violence against them were a rare occurrence. However, during the recent protests we have seen journalists attacked on Main Streets across America. While some of these assaults can ...

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Food drops helpful Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, more people are in need of help, as they have been thrown out of work. Kudos then to entities such as Heaven’s Table Food Shelf of Fairmont. It collaborates with partners to bring food shipments to town. A distribution of produce, meat and ...

Spelling competitors offer lesson to all of us

Earlier this year, organizers of the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee announced the event would not be held because of the COVID-19 epidemic. Each year, the country’s top young spellers compete in local and regional events for the right to go to Washington for the national competition. ...

This year: Delaying, cancelling makes sense

With various events postponed or cancelled this summer in the Fairmont area, the coronavirus has taken a toll on the things people have come to expect and enjoy when the weather finally becomes accommodating. City festivals are among the casualties, as officials look to keep people apart, i.e. ...

Pandemic changes people’s buying habits

About 156.5 million Americans are categorized as members of the civilian labor force. At least 41 million who can work and by definition want to are unemployed. In other words, about one of every four people able to work is not employed — and is being supported by the rest. That is ...

Citizens want police to find their bad apples

Dozens of times during the past week or so, the media has permitted us to take another look at what occurred May 25 in Minneapolis. There, a black man, George Floyd, was arrested for a non-violent offense. He was taken into custody by four police officers. He was handcuffed, then forced to lie ...

States should make effort to complete tests

Once the grim tally of deaths from COVID-19 is finalized — sometime later this year, we hope — there is little doubt it will be clear that nursing homes are the coronavirus’ favored killing grounds. To most public health leaders, that already is obvious. In some states, most of the ...

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Fairmont parks reopen The city of Fairmont has acted on several fronts to move local life back to “normal” amid the COVID-19 pandemic. We appreciate what elected officials and city staff are doing. The city’s first step was to announce that city parks are open. The Aquatic Park and ...

Calls for justice erupt in wake of man’s death

Minneapolis is on fire in the wake of the death of George Floyd, 46, a black man who died in police custody after an officer kneeled on his neck for eight minutes. Protesters are demanding justice. While rioting and looting are never great reactions, what is the proper response to what sure ...

Dangerous dams put lives of citizens at risk

About 11,000 people were forced to leave their Central Michigan homes a few days ago, when two large dams failed. No lives were lost, in part because the dams’ imminent failure had been anticipated for several days, as a result of heavy rainfall. In fact, concern about the dams dates back ...

Flynn case should trouble every citizen

Regardless of one’s political leanings, what happened to Michael Flynn should concern every American. While we should insist on details about his case, a more important question needs to be answered: How many other people have been treated similarly by the FBI and other law enforcement ...